Students raise funds for charity with Georgetown Ghost Tours


Sussex Academy students are at it again. Just over a month after raising money for their school with the Lewes Dragon Boat Festival, the Georgetown area charter school students will now look to give back by raising money for Guiding Eyes for the Blind Delmarva – a non-profit organization that breeds, trains, and provides guide dogs to blind individuals.

For the third year in a row, students have pledged their time to help put on the Georgetown Ghost Tours with their fundraising efforts.

“It’s a great way for the kids to get involved in the community,” said Sussex Academy 7th grade reading teacher Karen Willey. “Last year we raised $1,400 for the school, we hope to do the same for [Guiding Eyes for the Blind Delmarva].”

Students will volunteer for the hour-long walking tours by assisting in building props and helping out behind the scenes. Some of them will even serve as costume actors. All the props and costumes used for the tour are donated or bought themselves, and all of the money raised goes to the designated charity.

“They make the script come alive,” said Willey of the students’ involvement.

The tours go on a loop around downtown Georgetown; making stops at cemeteries before ultimately ending up back at the Brick Hotel in the Georgetown circle. According to Willey, the third floor of the hotel is haunted by a ghost named George, who is one of the focal points of the tour. This year they have added two new stops along the way, one at the Georgetown armory and the other at the library.

The script for the tour was written and developed by former Senator Joe Booth, who has added some new material this year while staying true to the original story.

The tour dates are set for Tuesday Oct. 22, Thursday Oct. 24, and Saturday Oct. 26. All tours begin at 7 pm. Tickets cost ten dollars for adults and five dollars for children. All proceeds go to Guiding Eyes for the Blind Delmarva. To reserve your spot call the Brick Hotel in Georgetown at 302-855-5800 or call Sussex Academy at 302-856-3636.